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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Dec 5, 2011 6:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Drums

I can't reply about pre 76, but by 78, the drums became a nightly occurrence , with the rest of the band leaving the stage ( though I think, in 78, sometimes some of the other members would join in ?). The band would return and stare a "space", or "space jam" section , By the 80's , for sure, the routine was set of a drums section, in which the rest of the band would leave , then the band would return, and the drummers would leave , and the rest of the guys would go into "space". Then the drummers would retun and back to "songs". Not sure of the date when this started, but toward the end of the drums section, Billy would leave, and Mickey would go at his beam, and when he would leave , Healy/Bralove would use cover the transition to the band members starting space .
This arrangement allowed a mid-set break for the band in "shifts" . I venture they used this break to rest , partake of "refreshments", and or plan what they were going to do for the rest of the set .
The different designations for the drums segment usually mean the same thing, except in the old "Deadbase" books, "Drumz" meant the whole drums and space section .
Surely more knowledgeable Heads will chime in with better info ( correct me !), but this is the general deal .